Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

The intent of this policy is to establish the requirements for student enrollment in post-secondary courses taken before high school graduation.

Eligible Institutions

Students may take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions within Maine, which include the University of Maine System, the Vocational Technical College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

Student Eligibility Requirements

A student may take no more than one course per semester and two courses per academic year.

A student must meet the following criteria prior to enrolling in a post-secondary course:

  1. Have a minimum of a“B”[or 3.0] average in his/her courses overall;

  2. Meet the course admission standards of the eligible institution;

  3. Provide evidence of parent/guardian approval for taking the course; and

  4. The student must meet with his/her guidance counselor to develop a plan describing how the course will help the student meet graduation requirements in order to obtain approval.

Exceptions to Eligibility Requirements

A student enrolled in grade 11 or 12 who does not meet the“B”[or 3.0] average in his/her courses overall is eligible to take a post-secondary course provided that he/she:

  1. Has been assessed and received a recommendation to take the course from the school administration; and

  2. Has been approved for participant in the course by the eligible institution.

Awarding of Credits

The eligible institution shall grant full credit to any student who successfully completes a course.

  1. The course must meet for a minimum of one semester.

  2. The student must earn a passing grade in the course.

  3. Attendance must satisfy the instructor’s requirements.

  4. If the above criteria are met, the student shall receive credit for each course.

Financial Assistance

  1. The Maine Department of Education shall pay applicable tuition costs for any student enrolled in a course under this policy if the eligible institution requires tuition payment.

  2. The student and his/her parent/guardian are responsible for paying for all textbooks, course fees and transportation costs. If the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the school unit shall pay the cost of textbooks, course fees, and transportation.

School Unit Reporting Requirements

The Superintendent shall ensure that information concerning post-secondary enrollment options is made available to parents and students.

Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA§4771 et seq.

Adopted: April 25, 2002